where to start?

Hello.  That’s a good place to start.  Yes, I’m back.  Here. Houston almost seems like a dream!   A wonderful show and ever so busy for me on all accounts.  My sincere thanks to everyone who came, who sent in pieces for the silk exhibit, and who took my workshop.  We did have a great time!

Let’s start with a little slideshow of the silk exhibit…

Having never curated and organized an exhibit before I was pretty much winging it but in my mind’s eye I had an idea of what I wanted to communicate to viewers of the exhibit. It was also interesting to work with the exhibit staff at Quilts Inc. and see their process for receiving materials, setting up, breaking down, and returning items for the exhibit at large. Many thanks especially to Ginny and her crew who were assigned to this exhibit (they confessed that when the various exhibits were assigned they drew the short straw! in the end it wasn’t as bad as they thought-just different than the basic quilt exhibit).  Thanks Ginny and crew! I got to learn a lot through organizing this exhibit.

a couple of shots of the booth-

Unfortunately, when I returned I got the flu- put me a few steps back and then it was off to see my son Trevor’s senior recital-wow!

pre-concert run thru

junk percussion piece run thru

loved this piece…

timps

drum and block set up

many of his young students came with flowers…sweet

-and then back home where I am still catching up on emails and orders. Also many proposals and fees for next years events are due any day now.  Yikes!

Oh, and another great indigo workshop at the Japanese American National Museum last weekend-

Glenna came with her own wonderings-about temari.  She played and devised a way to indigo dye the base for a temari. Quite inventive.  I can see the possibilities now! If you are looking for a new craft to spend some serious time at check out the possibilities of making temari! I even want to try my hand at it-at least once just to gain a basic understanding.   She gave me a lovely sample of her work as a gift-I love it!

temari ball -a gift from Glenna

The gift of home grown cotton was actually from the Houston workshop-got it mixed into the wrong set- but it is beautiful and has seeds that I have separated out- I want to grow a couple of plants just for fun.

The indigo is all cut and each participant at the JANM workshop received a seed packet in their materials kit. Perhaps some indigo will be grown in spring!  As for the rest, some was bagged for gifts, and the rest of the seed was collected for next years crop.  However, it looks like there may already be some dropped seed sprouting out back already!  We’ll see…

indigo seed as a gift

indigo seed for next year

More to tell, but must end it here for now- have a wonderful holiday full of thanks and giving, of friends and family.

8 thoughts on “where to start?

  1. Janet

    I always love to hear about people’s experience in Houston – thanks for sharing so much. I’d love to see more pictures of the silk exhibit!

    Your booth also looks fantastic – as usual! There are some pieces that are really amazing – I bet they sold out in the first day.

    Glad to see you are having so much fun with growing indigo and now trying your hand at a bit of cotton – that should be interesting to see next spring.

    Congratulations to your son – looks like a huge set up! He will need to be cloned to get to all of those sets!

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    1. Janet

      Oops! I didn’t realize the first part was a video. So now I’ve seen lots of the silk show – that was fantastic! Of course – even more pictures would be great – ha! I thought it was really well done, by the way – showing the 6 different kinds of silk fabric, the cocoons, traditional cocoon bag, and a variety of ways to dye it and use it.

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  2. hausergallery

    Please tell me how I can buy wholesale from you. I hsve a gallery on the central Oregon coast and specialize in vintage Japanese fabric. Happy holidays to you and your family. Rose Estes

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